The new Felton Branch Library

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5th Annual SLV Chili Cook Off Benefits Felton Library Friends

Photo courtesy of SLVSteve Hundreds of chili enthusiasts enjoyed tasting many kinds of chili during the 5th Annual SLV Chili Cook Off  at the Felton Covered Bridge Park on November 3. The sun shone brightly and the fall air was filled with the aromas of chili and the...

Construction has started. Opening early 2020.

The new Felton Library will combine the library and a park, creating a a community hub for exploration and lifelong learning in both the indoors and out. Environmental education in the park enhances library programming. Park programming give real world meaning to the discovery and research in the library. Both worlds will enrich the other creating a unique resource in our community.

The project is more than just a building.

This project consists of a new, 9,000 square foot library and adjoining nature discovery park on 2.1 acres of land owned by the county and designated for the project. The linkage of libraries with outdoor spaces is a growing national trend. It provides multiple advantages to the community; expanding library programming through environmental education and enriching park programming through the library’s many resources for reading, research, and discovery. The new library includes comfortable reading areas, free computers/Wi-Fi, a teen room, a children’s library area and a community room. To facilitate environmental learning and exploration of the adjacent park, the library will offer microscopes, special collections on nature, and supplies for discovering the outdoors. The nature park, just a few steps from the library’s patio, features native and pollinator plantings, accessible paths, benches, open areas, and places for children to explore. It will promote environmental learning through interpretive displays and programming by County Parks, the library, the SLV Water District and community organizations.  Community and family events can be held at the park.

Programs? The sky's the limit.

Library and Park staff are exploring the many ways they will collaborate on programs in both the indoor and outdoor spaces.

  • Program topics from County Parks would include birds, native plants, and nature crafts.
  • Popular library programs such as homework help, summer reading, children’s storytime, book groups, and craft days will be offered in the new space.
  • The SLV Water District is interested in providing watershed education, as Bull Creek is a water source for our community, and programs promoting conservation.
  • Community groups and individuals will be invited to make suggestions and conduct programs.
  • The library and park will also be a fun and educational destination for school field trips and other group visits.
Safe and secure? Check.

Unlike existing parks and public spaces, the new library and nature park are being developed from the ground up, prioritizing today’s needs for safety and security. Both library and park will incorporate strategies and design features for optimal security and safety. Issues of potential concern will be identified and addressed early in the process by a task force comprised of community members, library staff, Santa Cruz County Parks staff, and the County Sheriff’s department.

It will benefit SLV and Bonny Doon.

The Felton Branch Library and Nature Discovery Park provides the San Lorenzo Valley and Bonny Doon with its first community hub for lifelong learning, connecting, and enjoying the natural environment. New children’s programs and activities will instill a love of books and the wonders of nature, and adults and seniors will have a vibrant central gathering place for ongoing learning, inspiration, and staying active.

The linkage of libraries with outdoor spaces is a growing national trend. It provides multiple advantages to the community; expanding library programming through environmental education and enriching park programming through the library’s many resources for reading, research, and discovery.

The new library includes comfortable reading areas, free computers/Wi-Fi, a teen room, a children’s library area and a community room. To facilitate environmental learning and exploration of the adjacent park, the library will offer microscopes, special collections on nature, and supplies for discovering the outdoors.

The nature park, just a few steps from the library’s patio, features native and pollinator plantings, accessible paths, benches, open areas, and places for children to explore. It will promote environmental learning through interpretive displays and programming by County Parks, the library, the SLV Water District and community organizations.  Community and family events can be held at the park.

 

A community of agencies are making this happen.

Santa Cruz County Public Libraries, Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation, and San Lorenzo Valley Water District are all contributing and playing key roles. Many others have endorsed the project, including San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District and UC Cooperative Extension.  INclude links to all these.

The linkage of libraries with outdoor spaces is a growing national trend. It provides multiple advantages to the community; expanding library programming through environmental education and enriching park programming through the library’s many resources for reading, research, and discovery.

The new library includes comfortable reading areas, free computers/Wi-Fi, a teen room, a children’s library area and a community room. To facilitate environmental learning and exploration of the adjacent park, the library will offer microscopes, special collections on nature, and supplies for discovering the outdoors.

The nature park, just a few steps from the library’s patio, features native and pollinator plantings, accessible paths, benches, open areas, and places for children to explore. It will promote environmental learning through interpretive displays and programming by County Parks, the library, the SLV Water District and community organizations.  Community and family events can be held at the park.